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with the insurance company when you have enrolled and signed up. as they log on to healthcare.gov, there is jumbled things and what not that suggest that the site is not ready. you have a larger group of people trying to log on that it is turning the corner and that may explain why outside help advisors like dr. emmanuel seemed to be lowering expectation. >> like goggle and facebook they are constantly improving and this one has a way to go. it is working reasonably well. >> reporter: that so manies to lower the bar a bit on how well it is really working. and republican law makers are not questioning whether the website is fixed, but wonder if people will be more frustrated when they so what the premiums will be. >> i don't know how you fix it. i will be honest. i don't know how to fix a program with only one side of the oifl and taking the short cuts to put it in place. >> reporter: today kathleen sebelius wrote, please do not give up and she understands that people are frustrated with the website. in the long run, the experience will be better and better for consumers and they will have more se
further than the last two months, the bunkelled roll out of healthcare.gov . it has not gone well and it's reflecting poorly in the polls. there is an election coming up for every member of the house of representatives. next year there is a third up for grabs in the senate the centecenter for american progres guaranteeing that the president's message will be amplified at the people it's aimed at. a theme that the president has concentrated on throughout the course of his speeches. echoing themes from a hundred years prior that theater roosevelt hit on. he spoke to a number of key con sit sent groups. women talking about equal wages in the work group. nondiscrimination against gays in the workplace. he talked about the affordable care act and called it a powerful piece of legislation for those in the lower rungs of the economic ladder. let's go to with a more the president has to say. >> the idea that a child will never be able to escape poverty because she lacks the healthcare. it should offend all of us and compel us to action. we are a better country than this. let me repeat. the comb
that the affordable healthcare law is now up and ready. >> despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain healthcare coverage through marketplaces and medicaid beginning on january 1st. some for the very first time. >> then the president read some testimonials about how good obamacare is for the folks. and listed improvements he believes the new law will bring. then mr. obama addressed his critics. >> we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. [ applause ] >> i want everybody -- you still think this law is a bad idea. you have got to tell us specifically what you would do to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure. you can't just say that the system was working with 41 million people without health insurance. >> now as football people know the best defense is a good offense. that's what the president was doing today. challenging his opponents to come up with a better system. from the beginning of the healthcare debate talking points suggested that congress pass limited targeted laws to address unfairness in the
, healthcare, o that should offend all of us and it should hell us to action. we are a better country than this. let me repeat. the combined trends of increase inequality and decreasing mobility poses a fundamental threat of our american dream, our way of life. >> here to discuss the inequality and prospect of a minimum wage hike, louis from cornell, do you accept the president's argument that income and equality are jeopardized? in. it's a tremendous difference from the experiences that we had from post-war period. it's the fundamental challenge for our society. not in terms of making sure every american who has a job earns enough to live but for those at the top. all that money piling at the top has nowhere to be invested. this is the challenge, the challenge of investment that doesn't just produce profit for the few but jobs for the many. >> stagnating income. the past 40 years, how does that track with the decline of influence with the labor movement in this country? >> it's exactly the same. we see the decline of unionization rates from the 19 70's on, and it's driven from what the other p
, a update on healthcare.gov that was supposed to provide a online marketplace for health insurance but instead it records you having sex and mails it to your parents with the title christmas surprise. >> why does do it that? obama administration officials promised us by november 30th the web site will be functional and as you know it has already been november 30th so the so. >> white house is now work fog the vast majority of people who are trying to use it. it can now handle 50,000 users at a time, 800,000 a day. >> they say they have lowered response time to about one second and the error rate below one percent. >> jon: oh, my god. that one percent. i don't know what that is. of course the down side is that the only error that occurs is a really bad error. hey, you did it, guys and to celebrate i got you a card, i think you will enjoy it, it says congratulations on doing the thing you should have done months ago before we lost faith in the government. [ cheers and applause ] >> congratulations. that is not to say there still aren't problems. most of the front end may be looking
the masses, another big web event happened today, the relaunch of healthcare.gov day two. it marks the official restart of the obama care era and the day the window finally closed for good for republicans trying to kill the thing. from the day obama was elected president, republicans have been determined to block health care reform. they got scott brown elected. they took the law all the way to the supreme court, voted dozens of times to defund or repeal it, shut down the government for 16 days, and obama care survived all of it. irony is that while republicans couldn't kill obama care, the administration almost could. >> good evening. president obama now finds himself compared to president george w. bush, as in the problems with the health care plan have become president obama's katrina. >> but today, the website is now fixed enough that it looks like obama care is really here to stay. the repeal strategy is dead and obama care is out of the icu. according to the administration, the error message rate for the front end of the website is less than 1%. that's down from about 6% last
of 277 times. >>> meantime 29,000 people have enrolled for healthcare on the revamped obamacare web site that's a drop in the bucket compared to the millions who have had their plans canceled. as the deadline to sign up is getting closer the web site still has major flaws. elizabeth prann has the latest for us. >> during one hearing yesterday we unearthed more immediate and long-term challenges that americans face in finding affordable healthcare coverage. those who testified say the administration's proposal to allow people to keep their existing coverage this won't work. states like washington and others are giving orders to allow folks back on old healthcare plans they argue it creates uncertainty and destructi destruction -- disruption. >> access to 50 percent of the number of specialists they offer in their older plans that are being canceled. it will be harder to get access to a doctor and probably hard to get access to the doctors you used to go see. >> the same day the president pushed a message in direct contradiction at a white house youth summit he pleaded with young supporter
the website, healthcare.gov. before i talk about the law and its benefits, let me tell you about a visit i made to the emergency room on a friday night recently with one of my boys after he broke his left arm. the care was excellent. so much of our emergency trauma and specialized care is. what was remarkable to me is not the care that my son got as grateful as i am, but rather the crying of two babies i heard in their emergency room being treated for asthma. dramatic asthma attacks. i cannot know for sure whether those babies were insured or not. if they did have coverage and the access to primary care that comes with such coverage, chances are it would have been far less likely to be getting emergency care for something like asthma on a friday night in the emergency room. my heart broke for those parents. they seek care for their suffering child in the emergency room. we are talking about asthma, something increasingly and sadly common, but also fundamentally treatable. "the new york times" reminded us it's the single most expensive place to get treatment. there seems to be a strange out
: this is a group that was incredibly enthusiastic about this president and healthcare for everybody was one of the main things he talked about in his election. but look at this. obamacare approval among uninsured millennials, 18-29, 57% say they disapprove of this program. it's pretty incredible when you think of how he got elected and the group that embraced him so heartily back then. >> there has long been some scepticism among millennials about the president's healthcare plan. what's new and different and most troubling for the white house is there is increased scepticism of the president himself. now you have got a situation where young people are sceptical of the law. sceptical of the reforms. they think they will pay for, they think the coverage will be worse and they are increasingly sceptical of the guy who's selling it and that's what's changed. i don't know that the president can gets that credibility back. the interesting thing is the drop in his support came after the revelations about nsa metadata collection and the coverage it got. he hasn't been able to recover among this gro
-care, the federal healthcare law, he says that's one of the other priorities that and getting the economy going less so than working on the unemployment benefit issue. >> and torment, the labor department releases the november employment numbers. stick with al jazeera america for full coverage of that important report. some fast food workers are striking in more than 100 cities. they are demanding an increase in the minimum wage, and pushing to make it easier to unionize. many are asking for $15 an hour. that's nearly twice as much as the average worker earned. raising the minimum wage will not hurt jobs. fast food chains already have a wage increase would drive up the prices. that is by far the hirest in the country. tonya mosley is in washington state with more on how families struggle to get by on low pay. >> it's 22:00, and maya molina's five hour shift at kfc is over. she is off to pick up her youngest son to day care before heading home. and with no time to take off her uniform, maya heads to the kitchen to make a snack and help her two older children with home work. >> they look to me, they d
is the fundamental flaw of the affordable care act, the federal government is not capable of running the healthcare system, but we should root for is private, safer opportunities to improve the healthcare delivery to make health insurance more affordable. >> jon:. >> forget about obamacare if we can let the private sector run rampant in medical care, my gosh, you would be able to buy the equivalent of an iphone like you can now for $29. >> jon: where do you get your phone? i am sure the only way you can get the iphone equivalent for 29 bucks if you go to china town and snatch up a snapple y phone, which you can use to play all the top games, your irritated birds, your candy crunch, it is not even candy, that is lo zenk. >> my personal, lozenge. >> my favorite, root ninja. >> it catches the excitement of packing away at a root, because they are harder to -- cut. >> if you want to efficiently provide a product to millions of americans at once, the right thing in the private sector is the only way, government can't get it done, didn't we see an example of the private sector at work just this past wee
he notified when the best time to return to healthcare.gov and enroll when they so desired. among the other improvements made to the site is the improved and more sophisticated windowshopping tool which americans who are only at the stage now as looking at of the -- at the options available to them without enrolling, and without having to get in a queue. >> on a conference call yesterday, there he seemed to managementwith the style that has been in place, and was he talking about secretary sibelius? who was he talking about when he's into question the way that process was being managed? jeff has beent taxed with doing, and is working on everyday is improving the healthcare.govhe operations, focusing specifically on the teams that are making the fixes necessary to the website. that work has been ongoing, and has delivered significant improvements. jeff was also referring to was something that we have all been quite candid about. the website did not function. it was not nearly up to the standards necessary, october 1, and it should have. does on us, that is why we have dedicated the
-relations healthcare.gov. republicans will continue to law,tigate the health care holding for hearings today on its rollout. the white house is coming under pressure to hold someone under accountable for the failures. republicans, (202) 585-3881. democrats, (202) 585-3880. all others, (202) 585-3882. let me begin with the new york times story this morning, considering which heads may roll for the website. the white house is under mounting pressure from democrats and close allies to hold a accountable person botched rollout of president obama's signature domestic achievement and determine who should be fired. some of those names are familiar to you have have been watching the hearings on capitol hill as some of them have testified about what went wrong with the rollout and to knew what and when there would be problems. we will go outside of washington. we have for the calls inside the beltway. think? you according to the new york times, the president is under mounting pressure from democrats. numbers. the phone you can also post your comments on facebook.com/c-span and tweet us. times,ng to the new
health-care coverage, with millions receiving cancellation notices, and millions more facing premium rate shock, and others left to wonder if their applications on healthcare.gov or even successful. this morning where going to focus on how the health care could be affected by the changes in the president's health care plan. the president's health care law cut over $700 billion from the already struggling medicare program to fund the flawed new entitlement. included in the cuts were over $300 billion in direct and indirect cuts to the medicare advantage program, and many of these cuts start in 2014. medicare's managed care program currently provides coverage for more than 14 million americans, over a quarter of all medicare beneficiaries. these patients choose medicare advantage plans over traditional medicare for a variety of reasons, including improved cost-sharing, enhance benefits, better care coordination, and higher quality of care. millions of americans, especially those with lower incomes, medicare advantage is a better option for delivering their care, and frankly their choice. wh
and it will per swad a lot of people. >> while the obama responded to healthcare through a pr campaign republicans are pointing out the flaws of obamacare. >> the problem is premiums were too high. under obamacare the premium is even higher. i don't see how observe care can work. >> kathleen sebelius was in the house answering more questions about the rollout of healthcare.gov and obamacare. >> kelly wright. we will see what happens today. >> putting consumers out of subsidized insurance. a brand new report saysed the federal exchange is incorrect telling some people they are eligible for medicaid throwing them into consumer limbo. they are only able to buy them at full price now many might be left without insurance at all. you should pile an appeal of the marketplace. >> defense secretary chuck hagel meets with the prime minister to talk about the threats and ways to promote stability in neighboring afghanistan. this as hamid karzai adres with a security deal in iran. they agree to a long-term political security economic deal with the country while still resitsing a security agreement with the u.
coverage? in favor of expanding healthcare if you take a somewhat liberal line on that explain how you think we can make it affordable. >> first we have to focus on four brings a confidence of healthcare reform. number one for cost. if there's one thing that will bankrupt america it is out of control health care costs. we've already made $38 trillion with promises for medicare that we know how we are going to pay for. and my view is you can't reduce healthcare costs by expanding coverage. it's an oxymoron. in addition to that, you have to recognize that the current ultra system if it were a house it is structurally unsound, it is more than its wort it's worth and itd for foreclosure. so you can't say that it is progress by adding the new lane belt out of the same materials attached to the structure that is headed for foreclosure. it's another example of how the government wants to give people their desert before leave the spinach. we have already made tens of trillions of promises we don't know how we are going to keep but let's make more and only have to do is pay for it. the fact is
to healthcare.gov take a look for yourself in your state what is available to you. there is no reason why you shouldn't have health insurance. >> we are hearing a different story from kathleen sebelius saying they have to fix a couple houn problems saying we are not where we need to be. some krit tings are asking -- it is an attempt at the president to force his hand at a legacy. >> he is standing there alone in the wind as the whole thing obamacare collapses around him. he did not do what fdr and lbj did. they understand the majorities are temporary. he easceased on a temporary majority. american people really rejected now he's reaping the whirlwind from that. >>> the administration has initial goal of having about 700,000 people sign up by the end of november. as we know from health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius all have been much lower. >> one texas woman has been struggling to sign up for obamacare since the beginning of october. she has filled out the application twice and both times she has hit a brick wall. >> they want proof of my my personal resident id number twice
. >> reporter: the administration will make sure healthcare.gov will get a new look over the weekend, but there are questions about how they sold this to the public. first president obama and his aides had to adjust his promise that if you like your health plan you can keep it. and now ezekiel emanual is adding another caveat to the pledge. >> the president never said you can have an unlimited doctor in your country. >> he said if you like your -- you can -- like your doctor, you can keep your doctor? >> if you like your doctor, this is a matter of choice. >> that is shifting to if you can pay for your doctor, you can keep it. >> when this was being debated, 85% of americans weren't satisfied with the health care, but they liked the plan they were on and they liked their doctor. but this administration will destroy the entire system to provide a strong social safety net. >> the president's allies continue to build up the safety net. his political group organizing for action held 100 events this weekend in new york, new hampshire and state as cross the country. the president tweeting
on air. >> today kpix 5 is gathering the experts from "covered california" for a healthcare consumerwatch hotline. representatives will be here at kpix 5 all day today to answer your questions about the state's affordable care act. simply call between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 1-888-5-helps-u. ♪ i love it! ♪ thank you grandma for the dolls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ i'm ninja kicking through the halls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ mom's posting pictures on your wall. ♪ ♪ that's my kind of holiday. the holidays can be an especially difficult time. everythingrent now. sometimes i feel all alone. mas used to be my favorite. i just don't expect anything. what if santa can't find me? to help, sleep train is holding a secret santarive. bring your gift to any sleep train, and help keep the spirit of the holidays alive. not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child. ♪ i picked it out in a snap ♪ what made it genius ♪ was my camouflage wrap ♪ that's my kind of holiday u-s-a today reports the restaurant chain plans to p tablet computer >>> the restaurant applebee's is goi
people are actually using the website healthcare.gov. and true blood's i'll see the werewolf live right here on the fox news desk. i'll ask him about suki and whatever they have going on. i'll ask him if he drank the v. i'll ask him about his struggles with alcohol 11 years ago and some more things. and how he went from homeless to, well, i don't know a pin-up guy. so let's get to it. >>> good wednesday afternoon to you and yours. first from the fox news desk just-released 911 calls capture a mix of chaos and calm professionalism as a gunman opened fire at sandy hook elementary school and murdered children and teachers one by one. fox news will not be airing the most gut-wrenching moments from those calls. we'll get to more of that. they depict the horrors of that day nearly a year ago when police say adam lanza shot his way through the school in connecticut. adults who heard the gunshots called 911 as the shooter went through classrooms and offices targeting people apparently at random. 26 people died. most of them first graders. 6 and 7-year-olds. the 911 calls have been the center of
. the healthcare.gov, in virginia, they rely on the federal government there's a short wait. in maryland where they have their own website, where i live i still couldn't get on again that's a state run website. 90% functionality they say that they have. it's really all anecdotal at this point. the white house, the administration is making claims you better believe that the opponents, namely republicans and others are going to be scouring the country side who are still having problems. meanwhile the administration will be touting all the successes. december 23rd, if you don't sign up by then, you will not be insured by the first of the year. >> how many problems have come from user inexperience as opposed to functions on the back end? >> two problems have been looming, number one, security on the website, a lot of personal information that is inputted by would be users. a lot of experts say that that's not secure. that information. and the second question is one that's emerging now as a larger concern, so-called back end users, that would be the insurers, are not getting the right information.
after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a modest 1% on average over the course of that same time annually. so the president will be talking about that. he'll be talking once again renewing his call to raise the minimum wage. a lot of talk about that here in d.c. where the city council is voting to raise the minimum wage. democrats are now worried about heading into the midterm election, and with the senate up for grabs, so the president is going there, speaking to a liberal think tank, the center for american progress who is sponsoring the talk. he is bolstering his base, renewing some of his themes he has been talking about and setting his agenda not only for the stat
. the move is also designed to reduce long-term healthcare costs. smoking is estimated to be responsible for almost $200 million in economic losses. so who else is testing for smokers? industry experts say mostly healthcare related businesses. cigna is joining a long list of companies that include . . . >>> up next, nasty weather slams parts of the country. we'll have that and much more when al jazeera returns. ♪ ♪ >>> i'm meteorologist dave warren. we are looking at some very cold fefrptures out there. the numbers have continued to drop down in in single digits. these are the current temperatures, they have dropped quite a bit. what else is dropping is some light snow. snow? minnesota. and an additional three to six inches is possible. what it feels like on your skin 30 to 40 below zero. so very some cold air there. then the cold air moves south and we see warm air developing as the storm develops in the panhand panhandle of texas. then you will get sleet or freezing rain, and the amounts could be a quarter to a half inch of ice accumulation here in texas and oklahoma you will be wa
that offers food and healthcare for low income families. her main concern is providing stablity for her children. i'm focusing on taking care of them and making them happy and make sure they get the education so they don't have to work a fast food ra.t restaurant at 9 . >> for the past three weeks i have been working nights and weekends because christmastime is coming up. >> one day she plans to return to college and ultimately changing careers. a bump in pay would help make that happen. >> the vatican is starting a new program to fight sexual abecause in the catholic church. pope francis is putting together a committee for a way to protect children from pedophiles and improve screening from proo pris and help those that have been abused. >> they ar dealing with the sexual abuse crisis is vital for the church's credibility. >> twenty-five soldiers were killed in a suicide attack at the yemen defense three. a car bomb wait went off. shortly after the bombing gunmen opened fire. no one has claimed responsibility. the interim government has had ongoing problems with al qaeda linked groups
's healthcare law, according to "the wall street journal," which cites a report from a company that compares health insurance plans. this report shows the average deductible for individuals under obamacare's lower priced bronze plan is more than $5,000 a year and also claims the average deductible for individual plans before much of the law went into effect was just about 3-1/2 thousand dollars. the deadline to apply for own kaz is two weeks away. we're learning a new feature that just went live at healthcare.gov. >> for the first time without an account or password you can see your deductible and all out of pocket costs on a screen that shows your premium, but just because the numbers are easy to fine doesn't mean they're easy on the bank account because the average deductible that pops up is 42% higher than it used to be. that's what the study fund looking at 34 states on the marketplace. now some tech experts are saying this window shopping feature doesn't help healthcare.gov run any better. >> doesn't change the overall flow of the web site itself. they're trying to put together and piec
the rails. investigators now want to know if it was going too fast. the white house says healthcare.gov is finally running more smoothly but now it faces a new test, last-minute users scramble to make this month's deadline. and the prime minister goes into hiding after antiprotesters storm the building. building a business in a bankrupt city. detroit opens its very first distillery in 100 years. ♪ good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm morgan live from new york. this morning 26,000 commuters in new york city suburbs have to find another way to get to work. this after a train derailed yesterday just outside of manhattan. the accident left four dead and dozens injured and ntsb investigators have now recovered the train's data recorder and trying to determine exactly what caused the crash. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened but why it happened with the intent of preventing it from happening again. >> reporter: the train jumped the tracks just as it was getting ready to leave the bronx and cross into manhattan and 7 cars derailed with the lead car fee
. >> the botched rollout of healthcare.gov may have served as a cautionary tale for other u.s. agencies. the fcc announced decided to push back its broadcast auction to make sure the software works. megan hughes reports. tom wheeler said the systems and need to work from the moment the first bid is placed. unlike healthcare.gov, he is willing to push back the timeline. the original plan was for the end of the year. in spectrum auction would be 2014. wheeler has pushed back to 2015. a new timetable will be voted on. he said "i defined the complexity of this process as being like a rubik's cube. as part of our system, we will check and recheck the software and system components." here is why it is important. sold in blocks for companies like verizon and at&t. it will be key in dealing with more and more mobile traffic. as the delay, on both sides seem to be understanding. a rep from at&t said it needs to be done right and broadcasters like cbs and fox and disney were complaining that agency was rushed. one analyst said it is better to have the systems in place and working on delayed the launch wea
to ask what else are they hiding? while the white house wants to claim healthcare.gov is now working, we know obamacare is still plagued with problems. every american deserves relief from it. while this administration has to finally come clean and explain why and how americans are impacted by this law. this is not something that is helping americans. it is harming those that need help most right now. welcome back, we hope you all had time with your families. hearing from the leader about the different things that the president hit within passing this legislation, you all member the time it was passed late night on the weekend. by that time, there were democrats who were even there is about voting for it, so the administration put together a memo. a memo tohrough nervous democrats stating, when voters learn about the composition of the plant, support grows considerably. the plan has been passed. the plan is now into a process. people are learning more about it. we found from the gallup poll that just came out yesterday, it tells a different story. those who are familiar with the health ca
filibustered for 14 hours to protest u.s. drone strikes. chris will talk with the architect of the healthcare overhaul. a former adviser to president obama, this sunday on "fox news sunday" on your local fox station. >> a fox report now. more headlines. rescuers airlifted a 19-year-old hiker today more than 13 hours after they say she fell down a ravine, trapping herself overnight. it happened in the san gabe guardrail mountains north and east of los angeles. he sheriff said the hiker lost the strength to walk out on her own. officials say she is now recovering. >>> a couple is restoring what disney's childhood home in chicago. the new owners say they plan to turn it into a museum with the goal of enhancing and exploring childhood creativity. they hope to raise about a half million dollars for the renovation. walt disney would have celebrated his 112th birthday yesterday. >> eating healthy can cost also more money, or a lot, and health expects say it's worth it. how much we spend to eat fresh food may surprise you. ♪ [ female announcer ] to bake. or not to bake. that is a silly question. ba
with healthcare.gov. they now say that the site fails just about 10 percent of the time. back in october that failure rate was 25%. government officials also say over three and a half million consumers visited the site from midnight sunday antonin today, but the obama administration still will not tell us what the november enrollment numbers are or how many people actually have insurance. insurers are still complaining that the healthcare applications that they do receive are riddled with errors. and the house energy and commerce committee releasing new e-mails showing that administration officials knew that they need to delay the health care exchange for small businesses as early as august, but it was not until six weeks later on september 26 that the administration actually announced that it was delaying the on-line portal for small business. energy and commerce committee chairman fred upton said, about that revelation, as the paper trail broadens, we see more and more evidence that the administration was fully aware. its signature health care law was not ready for prime time. the docu
look there. partners atur news politico have learned that 29,000 people signed up on healthcare.gov signed up on sunday. that's more than the entire several october. intersections closed because of a gas leak in tysons cner. the gas line broke near cambridge road. drivers are being asked to avoid that area. the judiciary and public safety committee holding a hearing. they are focusing on the vacancies in paramedics and fire in umass. they will also look at a scathing audit. the audit found that the vehicles are in generally poor have been in disrepair for 15 to 20 years. the d.c. fire captain says the department has a lot of good news to share. gray has givent us $24 million. he has been extremely supportive throughout this process. bureau chief sam ford is at today's committee hearing. we will hear his full report tonight on abc seven news. now, in update on the recount in the attorney general race. the committee held a meeting to determine me timeline -- the timeline for the recount. was namedark herring the winner. we will have much more coming up tonight on abc 7 news. >> we
healthcare.gov website is working. it's now time for americans to enroll in a health insurance plan. but the group the white house most wants to sign up is the hardest sell. the white house needs millions of healthy young adults to sign up to make coverage affordable for everyone else. a new harvard university poll shows just 20% of americans under 30 plan to enroll in a healthcare plan as part of the affordable care act. >> i would rather pay the fine. i don't know how much health insurance is but i know it's more than that. >> the white house is hoping 7 million americans will sign up by april. >>> millions have visited the affordable care act website to review options. some people say they will take their chances without it. a new gallup poll indicates that more than 25% of people say they are more likely to pay the government fine for refusing coverage than sign up for mandatory insurance. that's 28% of 48 million people in the country uninsured. >>> 6:09. define the odds. the northern california couple seeing triple. >> he is simple, funny and fun. >> a lunchtime turns into sho
very much. today the president asked for a second chance for healthcare.gov. on the first day of his new campaign, president obama said the health insurance web site is now working for the vast majority of users. republicans still want to rollback obamacare but to that mr. obama said this:. >> i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> pelley: the white house told us today that 650,000 americans visited the web site today alone. the administration says there were one million visits yesterday. manuel bojorquez tells us many of the people visiting the site are having a much more positive experience than earlier users did. >> come on, guys. >> reporter: moksha efsea, a pet sitter in fort worth, texas, said he had no problem enrolling in healthcare.gov, a big difference from two months ago. >> i'm a dog walker, it's a difference between a cooperative thing and a friendly dog wagging their tail and one trying to bite me. >> reporter: because he has panic att
that healthcare.gov is working better than ever. he is launching a three week campaign saying the website is vastly improved and that oeb care is here to stay. that reassurance comes as the president is under renewed pressure to hold people accountable for the botched rollout. >> do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you. because it's working better now and it's going to just keep on working better over time. every day i check to make sure that it is working better. >> he's been logging in. >> a treasury department watchdog is noted potential problems come tax season. the inspector general for tax administration says existing irs systems do not have the capability to detect fraud when it comes to the subsidies to help people buy insurance in the form of tax credits. the administration officials say the irs aggressively safeguards the systems to combat any fraud and as the affordable care act is no exception. >>> the result of paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released today. he and his friend were killed in a fiery and tragic car crash saturday just moments af
prize winner tuesday. all of that right here on abc 7 news at 5:00. coming up, politics and healthcare colitis again. this time, problems with the theite are infiltrating maryland governor. >> this centers on a massive military installation. >> are you someone who likes to spoil your niece or nephew >> we are getting closer and closer to christmas. yearere's one group this in particular getting extra attention and they are not parents. natasha barrett is here to explain. >> this is the first time some stores are marketing to aunts. a new term, pank. stores like best buy are targeting a certain group of big spenders this holiday season. the aunts so much so there's a new term -- pank. professional aunt, no kids. powerave spending dropping $9 billion on their nieces and nephews per year. some spend $300, others $500 per child. >> that's a brand-new word for me. like she did not want kids of her own but she adores her three-year-old niece and one- year-old nephew. cracks have much do you spoil your niece and nephew? >> i'm ridiculous. they have to have organic clothes. >> author melanie p
received help dealing with the healthcare.gov website over the past two months. >> if you have someone sitting with you and try to navigate and you keep getting kicked off, getting back on is difficult. >> former record company executives like bidy and dunn who run the health alliance feels it is worth the temporary frustrations of the affordable care roll out. >> a lot of it is education. they don't understand what it is and are afraid to go through the process. >> for andy peak the partial government shutdown created confusion and fear about the affordable care act. >> i didn't want to punch the bottom and sign up to pay $280-$300, adding it to my meagre month to month income. >> as the dust settles counselling from the music heath alliance allowed him to take a look and sign up. he'll pay around $150 a month. and for a career musician, that could allow him to pursue his passion of performing for the rest of his life. >>> the administration says healthcare.gov is functional for 80% of users. >>> let's get a look at the morning business headlines. european and u.s. banks are expected
and working together to ensure small firms secure equality affordable healthcare. today we will do just that by hearing from witnesses about a complicated issue. the health care law includes an employer mandate that requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance. the goal is to discourage employers from dropping coverage and leaving employees on their own to find insurance. with enforcement of the rules have been delayed until 2015 many small employers must begin adopting now. this hearing will focus on a particular area of the law that many may not be familiar with. the business aggregation rules. traditionally it has been to treat business as a single employee or for the purpose of retirement plans. this isn't new. we have used them and it's on the books when it comes to benefit plans. this tax rule was incorporated into if our witnesses today will help walk us through this complicated standard and how best to educate the owners with new careful planning and proper outreach, small employers may avoid many pitfalls when complying with new obligati
. on a conference call with reporters, the man in charge of fixingth healthcare.gov website said the difference between october first and now is like night and day. >> response times are under 1 second. error rates are down well under 1% and the system is stable with uptimes exceeding 90%. >> the white house insists the health care website can handle 50,000 users at one time and 800,000 users per day. joining me now, capitol hill correspondent luke russert. some of the other numbers coming out, they've worked on 400 different software issues related to the slowdown here. i think for the most part at least so far, people are describing this as significantly better. we're not seeing a barrage of reporters trying to get on the website. this pif ots to the issues of the politics. i want to read john cornyn said, the website is the least of obama care's problems. now are shifting about the complaining of the website and slow moving site to the policy and their disdain for this program. >> reporter: very true. we're going to see them tocontie to do that in the house of representatives, the house ways
improved healthcare.gov website is working and is now time for americans to purchase health insurance but as susan mcginnis reports, the group the white house most wants to sign up may be the hardest sell. >>> reporter: the obama administration says 29,000 americans enrolled on healthcare.gov in the first two days after it was fixed. that includes dawn from texas. she is a self-employed musician who is buying health insurance for the first time in 20 years. >> i was very surprised at the prices actually. we entered all my tax info and income and stuff and i was pleasantly surprised. >> reporter: erin is in her 40s and has health problems but for the new law to work the white house needs millions of healthy young people to sign up to make coverage more affordable for everyone else. the president made his pitch during a white house youth summit wednesday. >> i hope you haven't been discouraged by how hard it's been because stuff that's worth it's always hard. >> reporter: a new harvard university poll shows only 20% of americans under 30 plan to enroll in a healthcare plan as part of t
the authority to amend the taxes which the affordable healthcare tax is according to the supreme court what is to prevent him from just amending the any tax to his liking. mr. turley weigh in on this if you would. >> i have to agree first of all oon the remark about article on, as i said before it is true that they are all equal branches, but the framers spent most of their time on congress because it is something harder than the madisonian system. it's where the magic happens and that is to take those interests that the strike countries and turned them into a majoritarian compromise. when we get to the issue of taxes, that is one of the most divisive issues facing the country. so when someone comes before the congress and says i want my group to be excluded, it obviously produces a great deal of heat. some people say how about my group, how long should this apply? it is the most divisive issue raised in congress and that is why it was given to the congress so that type of issue would be subject to the transformative process of the legislation. >> so do you belief that that would be unlawfu
healthcare.gov is working better than ever. the president saying the website is vastly improved and that obama care is here to stay. that reassurance comes as the president is under renewed pressure to hold people accountable for the botched rollout. >> do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you because it is working better now and it's just going to keep on working better over time. every day, i check to make sure that it's working better. >> in the meantime, a treasury department watchdog is noting potential problems come tax season. the inspector general says existing irs systems do not have the capability to detect fraud when it comes to the subsidies set up to help people buy insurance in the form of tax credits. administration officials say the irs aggressively safeguards its systems to combat fraud and that the health care system is no exception. >>> the results of actor paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released today. he and his friend were killed in a fiery and tragic car crash moments after this photo was taken of the "fast and furious" act
. the white house says over a million visitors logged on to healthcare.gov since it was fixed but lawmakers say security is still a big problem as hundreds of hacking attacks against the site. a new report claims you might be a target of fraud. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel on capitol hill taking a closer look at this. mike? >> reporter: jenna there are ongoing security concerns with healthcare.gov, and lawmakers are asking what the consequences are, who is accountable for security issues with the government website? house oversight committee chairman darrell issa says so far the taxpayers are ones being punished. >> failure of this website, some 640 million invested, win undoubtedly cause a loss of revenue many times that. the actual exposure to the vendors and individuals may be limited but to the american taxpayer it will be billions of dollars of lost revenue because of this failure. >> reporter: as healthcare.gov continues to get a lot of attention chairman issa held a hearing today looking at what he describes as the limitations of big government. the oversight commit
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